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18 October 2000 Issue

INITIATIVE TO LIMIT FACTORY FARMING IN FLORIDA
From Molly McGee, MOLLYMCGEE@webtv.net

Please join a groundbreaking initiative to limit the confinement of pigs on factory farms in Florida, specifically by banning the use of gestation crates. These small metal enclosures used to keep pregnant (i.e. gestating) pigs are just two feet wide, and the pigs are confined so tightly that they cannot walk or even turn around. Gestation crates allow hundreds or thousands of pigs to be housed in close quarters, and this results in a massive accumulation of waste which threatens the environment.

Gestation crates are so cruel that they have been outlawed in other countries, but tragically, they remain common in the United States, including in Florida. Like all animals, pigs experience pain and suffering, and they deserve at the very least to be treated with a minimum of humane care. But unfortunately, animals exploited for food in the U.S. have been excluded from most state anti-cruelty laws. It cannot be humane if a female pig is kept in a constant state of pregnancy and confined in a tiny crate for her entire life.

Meetings are now being scheduled throughout Florida to train volunteers for a November 7th signature gathering kickoff at the voting precincts around the state. We will need to collect over 500,000 signatures over the next year and a half to place this measure on the ballot in Florida for the November, 2002 election.

We hope you can help and would appreciate anything you can do to recruit volunteers. For more information, please see: http://www.bancruelfarms.org.

To receive information about the campaign and our upcoming meetings, please send us your e-mail, mailing address, and phone contact information.

Floridians for Humane Farms
P.O. Box 8487
Coral Springs, Fl. 33075
phone: (954) 917-7654
e-mail: info@bancruelfarms.org

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